Canberra Mentoring Start-up Wins 3 Innovation Awards

Ramesha Perera
Fri 24 May

Mentorship matching start-up, OK RDY won 3 awards for innovation at last night’s 2019 Digital Canberra iAwards.

OK RDY was announced as the winner across three categories – Business Service Markets, Automation Technology of the Year and Start-up of the Year. OK RDY’s CEO and Founder, Timothy McKay was excited by the company’s success at the Digital
Canberra iAwards.

Mr McKay said


“We are both, thrilled and humbled. There are so many fantastic innovators,businesses and government departments that enter these awards. Our hope was that we might get 1 award if we were really lucky, but to win 3 awards across multiple categories is really just amazing and I’m very proud.


For those new to the platform, OK RDY is a mentorship matching platform that improves employability, diversity and cultural outcomes by harnessing artificial intelligence to optimise matches for students, graduates, professionals and companies. Using OK RDY, organisations can now create and manage culture-driven programs that attract, excite and retain talent. The OK RDY platform saves companies time and money through the automation of existing manual mentoring and corporate social responsibility processes and using its underlying data analytics engine, provide partners with data to enhance their ability to identify emerging talent and support professional development through greater brand, culture, data and policy outcomes. As a Canberra-founded start-up they’ve already attracted big players like IBM, Telstra, Australian National University and the Digital Transformation Agency in alignment with their need to build digital skills capability.


“The team at OK RDY have been working hard to create a platform that is a step-change improvement for clients and enables them to better manage, measure and grow culture-driven mentoring programs. We have been developing programs across graduate engagement, women in digital leadership, indigenous skills capacity building and cyber security – and are excited to work with our existing and any new partners as OK RDY continues to grow.


“Canberra has been a fantastic place to build our start-up foundations. The innovation culture and support for entrepreneurs has significantly grown over the past few years. This is been largely due to leadership of the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr and the ACT Government’s commitment to continued support for programs like the iAwards and Canberra Innovation Network. I think those efforts combined with Federal government initiatives have really helped to encourage businesses, universities and governments to be more open to working with and supporting start-ups.


“We are excited to continue growing OK RDY in Canberra and look forward to expanding programs across Australia and internationally as new partners join with us to make mentoring matter.” OK RDY will go on as a state/territory winner to compete and represent the Australian Capital Territory at the 2019 National iAwards in August.


For more info on OK RDY  check out the website